The Forest Service has posted signs around the campground and at the swimming area informing the public.
Swimmer's itch, also called cercarial dermatitis, is a skin rash caused by an allergic reaction to infection with certain parasites of birds and mammals. These microscopic parasites are released from infected snails that swim in fresh and salt water, such as lakes, ponds, and oceans used for swimming and wading.
Although uncomfortable, swimmer's itch is usually short-lived. These parasites cannot survive inside the human body. The rash typically clears up on its own within a few days.
This is a natural phenomenon that occurs when temperatures are high and there is not much water flow. Until further notice, the Forest Service is recommending that people avoid swimming or wading at Laird Park.
For further information, please contact Adam McClory at (208) 875-1734.